Also on a Thursday there will be live updates on Instagram and a #ThrowbackThursday video released at 9pm (all UK time)
I have always wanted to have a free-roaming Orb Weaver – I may be mental but it makes me so happy and she is really interesting already. There will be a lot more updates on this lady coming asap.
I wanna thank Adam for sending me a gift, this week. Cheered me up no end. Please head over to Adam’s channel and drop a subscribe. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFy4wvAKQcIxgCytD7uqtVA
I will most definitely be sending up a box of ArachnoTube nonsense to you soon.
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This MAHOOSIVE species can grow up to 15cm inc. tail. They have six legs used for movement, two long, thin front legs that they use to feel around for prey and detect vibrations, and two large pedipalps modified into claws that they use to crush their prey. They have a long, thin, whip-like tail, the origin of the common name whip scorpion. From the base of this tail, they can spray a substance composed of 85% acetic acid in order to defend themselves. Acetic acid is the main component of vinegar, so the spray smells strongly of vinegar, leading to the common name “vinegarroon”.
Mastigoproctus giganteus have eight eyes: two in a pair on the front of the head and three on each side of the head. These eyes are very weak, so Mastigoproctus giganteus navigates mostly by feeling with its long front legs, tail, and pedipalps.
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Incredible footage of a GOLIATH BIRDEATER tarantula shedding it’s skin (Theraphosa stirmi moult)
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This species is a real monster, it is a giant, robust, heavy bodied, fast and powerful Spider. This is probably the most popular species in the Hobby. Uniformly dark brown in body colour covered with dense short setae (hair) which gives it a beautiful suede appearance. There are also some longish reddish hairs on the abdomen and legs. It is interested to observe the changes of coloration of this giant from moult to moult as it can vary from jet black to pale orange. In wild it inhabits very moist (even swamp) deep rainforests where it lives in deep burrows. They feed on any capable sized prey: insects, small mammals, frogs, lizards and has also been recorded to feed on lethal venomous snakes (West, 1992). In captivity it needs a very ample terrarium with a thick layer of humid substrate. and a big water bowl for drinking. Regular misting of the terrarium provides an increased humidity which is critical for this species. It readily utilizes artificial retreats and you can also decorate the enclosure with artificial plants. This species doesn’t spin much web. In spite of the this Tarantula often being bred as spiderlings it is very hard to breed. The mating is usually successful but females do not produce the eggsacks, or if they do the eggs are often infertile. Eggsacks usually contain less than 100 eggs but the offspring are rather large and around 2cm. There are a few points about this unique species a potential keeper must bear in mind. Humidity is important to this species and require regular misting, however it also important to have good ventilation so that the enclosure does not get stagnant as this can also be harmful. This species is a voracious eater and fast grower – it can eat and eat and eat and eat…. until the abdomen looks fit to burst, so try not to overfeed it to much. This species also has urticating hairs (type III) which are considered the nastiest among tarantula fauna and can cause serious irritation to the skin. Just the slightest movement of one rear leg rubbing against the abdomen of the is monster raises a whole cloud of this hair. It is also not a docile pet, they have 1.5 – 2cm fangs and can strike a very painful bite. When this monster is distributed it will stridulate which is a hissing sound let you know it is annoyed.
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The revised taxonomic placement of some arboreal Ornithoctoninae Pocock, 1895 with description of a new species of Omothymus Thorell, 1891 (Araneae: Theraphosidae) The revised taxonomic placement of some arboreal Ornithoctoninae Pocock, 1895 with description of a new species of Omothymus Thorell, 1891 (Araneae: Theraphosidae) The revised taxonomic placement of some arboreal Ornithoctoninae Pocock, 1895 with description of a new species of Omothymus Thorell, 1891 (Araneae: Theraphosidae)
So every now and then a video will keep popping up in my social media feeds and over the years become extremely difficult to ignore any longer. This is one of of them. A young chap apparently getting bitten by different species of tarantula for “research” purposes…. what a crock of shite!
This spider, Pterinochilus murinus, is a defensive “old world” Theraphosid spider found in central, eastern and southern Africa and is affectionately known as the OBT or Orange Bitey Thing.
Gardening is rewarding. This is the first time I’ve tried to grow anything of my own in the garden and I’ve been documenting the process along the way.
I don’t think these vids are suitable for a spider channel so I’ll post some on here if you want.
Its always good to come home to find a nice surprise in the spider room – this time it is a Poecilotheria striata eggsac. This female was paired over 6 months ago and I was almost starting to give up hope of her ever dropping. We’ve had striata eggsacs previously this year but have been eaten within the first three weeks. Fingers crossed that this one will go the distance.
I’m especially happy with this sac as it seems like there aren’t many people breeding this species of pokie at the moment.
Here they are, BIG thank you to Lee at http://www.thespidershop.co.uk for sorting me out with these bad boys. They are also bonkers! Haha checknout the vid now below or on my YouTube channel.
I have been given baby centipedes – Scolopendra subspinipes. They freak me out a little bit BUT they are so cute at this size.
Thank you to Gav at “Valleys Tarantulas” for coming to visit and for the awesome gift. Here is his video of separating the babies from mum
To say this species is my kryptonite is an understatement. This old female will no longer be bred with any males and she will live the rest of her days happy on the shelf.
We have a second female, recently bought, to carry on with our attempts to finally get a successful eggsac.
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“Tiny” The Worlds Biggest Tarantula Genus (Theraphosa) Making her EGGSAC! by predatororpreyonline
You’ve just watched our Goliath Birdeater Tarantula (Theraphosa stirmi) making her eggsac. It took over 28 hours of recording, speeded up x100 to make the last portion of this video.
It is a youtube first for this species and was totally nerve-wracking.
She was mated on May 1st 2018 so It’s now over 8 months.
So I’ve received a spider today for next year’s breeding projects…
You will need to wait until the end of the video to find out what it is…. its a good one. I promise.
This week I received my Christmas pressies from my fiance Claire, a large order from Lee and the gang at The Spider Shop UK.
We had to get them this early as the weather in Wales is going to turn bad over the next two weeks…. and you can’t exactly wrap tarantulas to put under the tree.
I made the most and stretched the one box into three videos for the channel –
I lost a scorpion yesterday, a Heterometrus petersii to be exact. Thank you for all your support, lot’s of people messaged and gave tips on where to try looking. We tried all night to see if he would come out wandering in the spider room – nope!
Decided I would have to dismantle the spider room systematically.
To watch the video on youtube please click the link below
It’s now been six months after pairing the monster in my collection – “The Burgundy Goliath” or Theraphosa stirmi.
I was expecting something to happen by now or at least some indication that she is gravid and preparing herself for eggsac production ie moving earth around or heavy webbing. So far, nothing. It’s time to take matters into my own hands and start making changes to her environment that may spur her on to drop.
In a very “off the cuff” episode from the YouTube channel, you can find out what I’ll be doing and how I’ll go about it.
I get asked quite a lot “where do you get your roaches from?”. I have used the same guy now for 3 years or more – Live Foods Tamworth.
I give them a 5/5 dead roach review rating and highly recommend them to anyone.
You are able to watch my review video below and make your mind up for yourself
I seem to have a lot going on at the moment, we’re moving house again and moving the inverts into a new spider room. This is a big task but I’m feeling better about the new room.. it’s even better than the room I have now – laminate flooring so no mess on the carpet. Space may be an issue as it’s either the same size as the present one or even a little smaller (I have a lot of projects coming up)
This week I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favourite YouTubers.
Adam “The Invertabarian”
Absolute gent and I had a blast. Please go check out his channel if you get the chance, but in the meantime here is what happened…
You can also see my video here…
Western invert show is next week – it’s gonna be a good one.. get yourselves there!
With thanks to Peter for sending me five assassin bug nymphs. They are totally awesome and pretty damn quick. You can see me opening the box in the link below, I’m sure they will feature heavily in my upcoming videos.
You can view the video on youtube by clicking the link —> CLICK ME!
The Bristol invert show is one month away and excitement is building. This is a very well organised exhibition on the outskirts of Bristol, making it only 90mins drive door to door.
I will be heading over early to get some filming done – I’ve been given a traders pass from Lee @ thespidershop and have to make sure I concentrate and don’t get too distracted by the spiders/traders, to begin with.
I will be there all day until close so please come say hello, if you spot me. I’m not as miserable as my face would show.
I will be keeping my eye open for some weird bits and bobs – I fancy some true spiders and some scorpions… maybe even a couple of tailless whips.
I’ve had a plan to relocate the spider room from our converted attic to a downstairs bedroom (unused).
The reason for the move is that the attic is a very large space to heat in the winter, and due to the velox windows, absolutely boiling hot in the summer.
I measured the new room and bought a few heavy duty shelves. As you can see from the pic above, I assembled the shelving units in my bedroom- just to see if there was any issues with missing parts or damage (bedroom as it’s next to the spare room and has lots of space)
Finished off doing the heavy lifting, moving beds and wardrobes, and then gave it all a good spring clean (when do you get the opportunity to do a deep clean under furniture?)
Pretty happy with the results. Watch this space for tarantula breeding – I’m gonna smash my PB.
Very proud to announce and show the new logo – I much prefer this new one. Nice and simple…. having too much going on can be overpowering and confusing. I think this one will look great on one of my trucker caps.
I checked in on the sazimai eggsack and it’s looking really good, the nymphs are getting ready to moult into spiderlings. I’m sure they will be done within the next 2-3 weeks – really taking their time, I’ve been told that they don’t do anything quickly!
The male returned from his travels and is still making sperm webs and pacing like a trooper. I hope I can keep him alive for a few more weeks at least as the big momma female moulted, looking cracking.
I wasn’t expecting for the male to return at all… he’s getting on in age and has serviced two females very well. I sent him to Johnny Power from The Tarantula Factory, his female dropped a sack about a month after mine. Johnny separated the N2’s as we have a 50/50 agreement on any slings produced – he counted 387 each!
I still have no idea how many are in my eggsack as I’ve not removed them, I just leave them inside the sack – this seems to provide them with security and helps to regulate the humidity inside the incubator…. each to their own/ whatever works for you.
As you can see above, the mirror patch on the abdomen is developing and darkening. This is a good indication of how close they are to moulting into spiderlings (this is the start of their urticating bristles developing under the exoskeleton)
I am still running a competition on the channel to win 5 of these spiderlings – just guess how many there will be from my females eggsack and I will send you some for free.
So for the last few months, I have been concentrating on the predatororprey.online YouTube channel. It’s been going OK so far, we are increasing our subscribers and getting some decent vid views for a small startup channel.
Getting close to the 100 subs and 10,000 views that I aimed to get by the end of 2017, it is a lot harder than I expected it to be, to be honest, and I did expect the channel to take off a bit quicker than it is. That being said my editing and video skills are improving and content is having some positive feedback. I have a good idea on what equipment I need to improve even further and I feel like it will all click soon.
I get my best views when I run a small competition to win some spiders so I published my second comp vid today.
Here’s my latest video for a reference
About six weeks ago I sent out a facebook event invitation to come and help us christen the new house
“There is a new hoose that needs a party.
Bring yourselves and whatever you need to bring…. There will be beer and BBQ….. we may even cater for Vegans as long as you dont talk about it, you boring fucks!….. jokes – no Vegans! (jokes… or am I?)
People that are travelling are welcome to stay, there are sofas and a spare room in predatororprey.online HQ – arachnophobes may be fucked.
not really sellling this well but it will be a riiot. Musicians bring your shit.
Gar, Claire, Ivans, Aly and the animals”
It got messy quickly